SITE C CAMPAIGN UPDATE

March 17, 2016

 Rally Outside the Federal Liberal Convention in Victoria

Honor the treaties

 Thanks to the many groups helping to organize (Wilderness Committee – KAIROS – Sierra Club BC – Raven) 150+ people came out on Saturday to show the federal Liberal party just how important action on Site C is to us! We read out a message from Rocky Mountain Fort campers, and engaged the Liberal candidates in conversation as they streamed past.

 Here’s the Times Colonist take on it: The protesters — which included environmental, activist and First Nations groups — feel their concerns are being ignored by the province. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/protesters-target-federal-liberal-meeting-held-in-victoria-1.2196824#sthash.o6jbHBg8.dpuf

“It’s going to put Treaty 8’s rights underwater, basically drowning all of the land they need for hunting, fishing, gathering,” says Susan Smitten, the executive director Raven. “On top of that, it’s going to leave us with a debt of billions of dollars.”

http://www.cheknews.ca/protesters-greet-federal-liberal-party-convention-in-victoria-151905/

 During the Convention, The Globe and Mail asked Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould what about it. Her response was carefully noncommittal – now is the time to focus on federal actions! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/justice-minister-sees-no-conflict-between-her-past-experiences-and-bc-site-c-dam-project/article292019

 Day 5 of Hunger Strike for the Peace River Valley

Kristin Henry says she’s pitting her life against the province’s desire to put this through. “It just has to stop. They’re doing drastic things and it’s kind of calling for drastic measures. They’re going to do everything they can to push this project through and I’m going to do everything I personally can to stop it.” http://www.news1130.com/2016/03/14/vancouver-woman-site-c/

The Hunger Strikers’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/1678467482391444/photos/a.1678469189057940.1073741827.1678467482391444/1678469139057945/?type=3&theater

Upcoming Events

Site C – Keep the Peace! March 29 at First Nations’ House of Learning at UBC, 7 pm. With Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the father-son team Art and Julian Napoleon of Saulteau First Nations, agrologist Wendy Holm, Susan Smitten from Raven Trust and Ana Simeon from Sierra Club BC. Sponsored by the UBC First Nations’ House of Learning, Indigenous Research Partnerships, Sierra Club BC and the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. https://www.facebook.com/events/164170283966666/

Online actions

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Fundraising

Donations to support the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in their legal challenge to the Site C dam can be made through RAVEN Trust and will be matched:
http://raventrust.com/join-the-circle-no-site-c/

Joint NGO letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

A reminder that we want to continue to add organizational endorsement to our open letter from February:
http://www.amnesty.ca/news/theres-nothing-clean-about-site-c-dam

 

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